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Grandparents : a new look at the supporting generation
Falk, Ursula A.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2002.
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320 pages ; 23 cm
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Ursula Adler Falk, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist in private practice and a nursing home consultant.
Gerhard Falk, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at the State University of New York College at Buffalo and is the author of many books

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Psychotherapist Ursula Falk and sociologist Gerhard Falk's Grandparents: A New Look at the Supporting Generation offers a refreshing take on grandparents. The authors contend that in the past century, grandparents' roles have changed dramatically, due to the rise of big government, the advent of the postindustrial age, increased longevity and a decline in fertility, among other factors. Grandparents are now more active and are often forced to assume parental responsibilities, yet they must deal with occasionally negative and stereotypical depictions of themselves in the media. The Falks' book attempts to eliminate these labels and make family members aware of grandparents' own individuality. (Aug. 31) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A timely topic does not always a good book make, and such is the unfortunate case of the Falks' consideration of the perceptions and potential roles of grandparents today (she's a psychotherapist, he a sociologist). In spite of having written several similar titles, both separately and together (Gerhard is the author of Stigma: How We Treat Outsiders; Ursula Adler wrote Ageism, the Aged and Aging in America), the discussions here (including grandparents in the context of history, current social change, and the media) are given too broad, often undocumented, less-than-original observations. In the authors' attempt to be culturally diverse they offer examples of grandparenting drawn from Filipino, African American, and Mexican cultures, among others scant, anecdotal evidence is presented in drawing conclusive statements. Moreover, the wooden style and awkward sentence structure throughout the work are distracting. This book cannot be recommended; more substantial alternatives include Daphne Joslin's Invisible Caregivers: Older Adults Raising Children in the Wake of HIV/AIDS, Geoff Dench's Grandmothers: The Changing Culture, and Lynne M. Casper's Continuity and Change in the American Family. Ellen D. Gilbert, Princeton, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 13
1. Grandparents Then and Now: A Brief Historyp. 15
2. Grandparents Today: Social Forces and Social Changep. 35
3. Grandmothersp. 63
4. Grandfathersp. 79
5. In Loco Parentis: Raising Grandchildrenp. 100
6. Grandparents in Various Culturesp. 122
7. Grandparents in the Media and in Literaturep. 147
8. Grandparents: The Supporting Generationp. 169
Appendix The Legal Rights of Grandparentsp. 191
Notesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 315